First things first: Is this not the cutest picture ever?
Furhusband and furwife, sitting in the sunny spot together.
I hit the pool up during lunch with one goal in mind: DO THE BACKSTROKE!
The wonderful reader comments on this post (Different Strokes) about how to effectively do a backstroke were so helpful. I’m really trying to learn a new stroke because I think it will be especially helpful during triathlon season. The top three tips that I incorporated today were:
When your arm is coming out of the water, thumb up. Twist your arm on the extension so your hand enters the water pinkie-side down. I practiced this in my living room first.
Keep your arm close to your head when it re-enters the water.
Do a few laps hugging a kickboard to your chest so you can get used to kicking on your back without running into the buoys.
I did SO much better today just by implementing those three tips! I did 1,000 yards, some freestyle and some backstroke. It’s hard to do the backstroke if you’re not used to it. My arms are tired.
While I was backstrokin’, I thought about how one of the things that really held me back from trying other strokes was my fear of looking stupid. I’ve written about workout embarrassment before (there’s a whole section about it in the upcoming Healthy Tipping Point book!)… it’s a huge hurdle to trying new things. I think workout embarrassment comes in two forms: fear of how you look physically and fear of looking incompetent. I definitely avoided the backstroke for so long because I was so afraid of running into the buoys because I couldn’t backstroke in a straight line. This is compounded because the people at my pool are serious swimmers – lots of high school and college teams or Ironmen. I feel very novice compared to everyone else.
But when I was swimming today (and running into the buoys), I realized two things: 1) I don’t really give a crap if people laugh at me if I run into the buoys. It is kind of funny, and it happens to everyone who’s learning a new stroke. 2) Most of the swimmers are so engrossed in their workouts that they don’t notice me slamming into the buoys. Maybe I’m just providing entertainment for the lifeguards!
Pre-workout snack was rice cakes and PB:
And afterwards, a huge salad with sunflower seeds, goat cheese, carrots, onions, and raisins. Yum. Plus a big of BBQ chips.
Annnnd now it’s snack time again.
I bought the Husband a random present. Any guesses what it is? Heh.
(Other Christmas gifts are actually anniversary gifts – it’s our wedding anniversary next week!)
Do you suffer from workout embarrassment? How do you deal with it?